12,000 Students Are Being Deployed Across The NHS To Help Tackle The Pandemic
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An estimated 12,000 students in Scotland are set to be deployed across the NHS to help fight Covid-19. Midwifery and nursing students are among those who will support Scotland's health service, with around 3,000 due to be deployed this month.
Placements in healthcare settings are typical of many university courses, with thousands of students helping to support the pandemic response.
7,000 students will begin placement in February, along with a further 1,500 allied health professional students and 500 paramedic students.
Health Secretary, Humza Yousaf, thanked students for their hard work and dedication, saying: “As part of their professional programme of education, and throughout the pandemic, these students have worked tirelessly to support our NHS making an invaluable contribution to the delivery of care as part of their supervised practice in health and social care environments.
“As we go into a third year facing up to the challenges of Covid, we are fortunate to combine good quality learning attained by students as part of their supervised practice with the positive impact these students have on the delivery of safe, effective patient care and their ongoing support of our NHS.
“And I wholeheartedly thank them for their hard work during this difficult time.”
Students have played an invaluable role throughout the pandemic, with a number starting their first healthcare placements during the first wave of the crisis.
In December 2020, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote to Nursing students at the University of Dundee to praise their hard work at the most testing time in the history of the NHS.
In spring of that year, over 300 final-year nursing students at the university elected to graduate early and take up paid placements to support the NHS in its fight against Covid, while a number of others volunteered to complete their Year 2 studies in practice in order to increase capacity.
The First Minister wrote: “This year the COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on us all, and we are extremely grateful to our highly skilled nursing students who stepped up in an hour of need. Your extraordinary hard work, dedication, skills and commitment helped pull our health service through an exceptional time.
“I know that it has been difficult, and that many of you have family or other caring responsibilities as well as your nursing programmes.
“No matter what stage you are at in your career the people of Scotland will always remember our nurses are the lifeblood of the health service, and every day you work towards helping others. That is something truly admirable, and I thank you for your hard work and dedication, and wish you well in your career.”
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